The phrase ‘must win’ is often overused in football, but for Bolton, this weekend’s home clash with West Brom definitely fits into that bracket, as Victor Chandler announce a free bets offer and make Owen Coyle’s side a shade of odds against to take the vital three points as the Reebok Stadium
With two Premier League games remaining, Owen Coyle’s men are in the bottom three on goal difference and in order to go into the final day against Stoke in a decent position, they must get three points on Sunday.
It has been an emotional couple of months for Bolton of course and it was fantastic to see Fabrice Muamba back at the Reebok Stadium during the week. On the pitch though, Wanderers were comfortably beaten by Tottenham and they now need to bounce back.
The fans inside the Reebok Stadium will be aware of how big a game it is too. There will be no end of season feeling to this one as the home fans look to cheer their team to an extremely valuable three points.
Bolton will of course be keeping an eye on how the likes of Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan are getting on, but this shouldn’t be their main focus. This is like a cup final for Kevin Davies and co.
The same cannot be said for West Brom. They are sitting comfortably in 10th position at the moment and even though they would love the points to stay there, their need isn’t anywhere near as desperate as Bolton.
It has been a strange week for the Baggies too of course with their manager Roy Hodgson being confirmed as the new England boss.
He will still be in charge for this game though and it will be a huge motivation for them to finish his career at the Hawthorns on a high.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, it was West Brom that secured a 2-1 win and another tight game could be in store this weekend with the pressure well and truly on.